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 Sunday, 17-October-2010  03:42:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Benoit Mandelbrot, the "father of fractals", has died aged 85. In a seminal book, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature,” published in 1982, Dr. Mandelbrot defended mathematical objects that his colleagues had dismissed as “monstrous” and “pathological.” Using fractal geometry, he argued, the complex outlines of clouds and coastlines, once considered unmeasurable, could now “be approached in rigorous and vigorous quantitative fashion.”

Ray Ozzie found some Windows 1.0 material, and realised it's nearly 25 years since Windows appeared. November 20, 2010, the 25th anniversary of Windows.

Timbot sent in this amazing video of a projector overlay on a clock tower. Mapping during 600 years anniversary of the astrological tower clock situated at Old Town Square in center of Prague. Tzorst spotted a similar idea on a smaller scale.

Interestingly, the becoming-popular domain extension .ly is actually for the country of Libya, and they seem to be paying more attention to what the domains are being used for, thanks Jimmy. The domain was seized by the Libyan domain registry for reasons which seemed to be kept obscure until we escalated the issue. We eventually discovered that the domain has been seized because the content of our website, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law. Meanwhile URL shortening services such as bit.ly should be used with caution for different reasons, say PC Authority.

Scoobth spotted self-aiming sniper rifles. Damn aimbots! Lockheed Martin won a $6.9 million contract this week for the second phase of DARPA’s One-Shot system, which will provide direct observations of a target, measure every variable that influences a bullet’s flight, and calculate the aim offset in a sniper’s rifle scope.

Opera 11 will have extensions, thanks dasuperham. Extensions in Opera is a way for you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser experience. Developers can easily create extensions using open standards (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and supported APIs.

From petercr: Just got news that EVGA are running a competition where you can win a flight in a jet trainer and potentially be one of 150 people to 'buy' a GTS450 for only USD65. Details here. Seems an odd promo/contest thing, and I'm not sure if Australia would be considered one of the "Asia/Pacific Islands" for eligibility anyway.

HotHardware have a value SSD roundup. So today we take a look at models from Corsair and Crucial, as well as two low cost alternatives from Intel and OCZ to establish whether they are worthwhile purchases for those looking to try an SSD.

RamblingThoughts meanwhile consider Ebook readers for Australians. All of the devices in the photo below (Amazon Kindle DX, Kobo reader, Sony Reader Touch Edition, Samsung Galaxy S android smartphone with Borders ebook application and Kogan ebook Reader) as well as others like the Apple iPad have strengths accompanied with flaws. Which ebook reader device you buy depends on the flaws you can live with.



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